A Honolulu company has launched Oahu’s first dockless, bike-sharing system.
Ride Sharee says its bikes, accessed via an app, provide “an alternative sustainable transportation” and are available at Ohana Hale Marketplace at Ward Avenue, an indoor marketplace for local businesses. The company announced the bike-sharing system Monday and said its bikes can be rented for $3.50 per 30 minutes.
“My long term goal for Sharee is for people of all ages to embrace ride sharing technology as a way of life,” said Alexander Wong, CEO of Sharee Bikes, in a news release. “Each of us has a responsibility to take care of this planet that we live in. We should all try to minimize waste and be more efficient with our resources. With Sharee, we do not have to deal with docking stations taking up critical parking spaces in neighborhoods.”
Before Monday, Honolulu had only one bike-sharing system, which was run by Bikeshare Hawaii, a non-profit that launched Biki in June 2017. Biki offers about 1,000 bikes at 100 docking stations from Diamond Head to Chinatown.
Lime of California attempted to launch dockless, electric scooters in May by placing them on sidewalks overnight, but was quickly booted by the city administration, which said they could not legally be parked on sidewalks.
“There are challenges, mind you,” said Wong, “but I believe that users learn good riding habits, no different than if they were renting a car and obeying traffic laws with regards to how they drive and where they park. Sharing technology is a bet on the human race. It is a bet that humans are civilized and will treat and respect property as if it is their own. To use common sense and take care of the overall community with regards to how to park, how to ride and respect for your fellow human being.”
Ride Sharee said it is spending time educating the public about where the bikes can be parked — either at private bike parking locations shown on its app or at any public bike rack with a convenience fee. Ride Sharee said its bikes should never be parked inside a housing compound or in an above-ground or underground parking space.
The business was registered in July to Neptune New Solutions LLC, which lists Deng Suo and Wong as members, according to state business registration records.